Find Your Way around the Mornington Peninsula
Want to find your way around the Mornington Peninsula this Autumn? Let us help you find the right accommodation and Mornington Peninsula Attractions to discover and enjoy. We have accommodation dotted all around the Southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. Here is just one of our properties and the Mornington Peninsula attractions that surround it.
This month we begin with the gorgeous Cloud Nine at Arthurs Seat. This is our latest property and the little cottage is just a beautiful little hideaway overlooking the bay at the very top of Arthurs Seat.
Mornington Peninsula Accommodation – Cloud Nine at Arthurs Seat
So what are the best bits..
1. The View – sitting on the large front deck looking through the trees to the container ships on their travels from Melbourne Port to The Heads.
2. The Deck – see point 1. plus there is an outdoor setting and outdoor lounge and chairs. Perfect.
3. Two bedrooms both air conditioned.
4. A cute little nursery all set up.
5. Log Fire for winter stays
6. Pet Friendly
7. Location, location, location…at the very heart of the hinterland.
Mornington Peninsula Attractions – Find your Way Around Arthurs Seat and the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland
So what is in close by? What Mornington Peninsula Attractions can you find close to Cloud Nine….
Gardens – Heronswood
The first law professor at Melbourne University, William Hearn employed Edward Latrobe Bateman to design Heronswood house in 1866.
The architectural style of the house has been called Gothic Revival. It is made from coursed, squared granite blocks quarried at Arthurs’s Seat.
Heronswood is the home of The Diggers Club and its garden is a living catalogue of all the evergreen fruits and vegetables described in its catalogues and books. They have over 50 sub-tropical fruites integrated within the flower borders.
At Heronswood there are five separate vegetable gardens and it is within these gardens that they have rescued the best heirloom vegetables. The garden has extensive plantings of flowers, including perennial borders, dry climate and cottage, annual gardens. They have replace subtropical camelias, with avocados as edible hedges. Much of the delicious food they grow in the garden is served in their Fork to Fork restaurant so not only can you see all the wonderful and rarte foods growing but you can taste them too.
Listed in the Oxford Companion to Gardens as one of only four Victorian gardens, alongside the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Mawallock and Ripponlea.
The Best Beach
Just a short drive down the hill (albeit a little winding) you can choose from the popular beaches of Dromana or McCrae. We love both but McCrae has to be one of the best beaches on the Peninsula. Beautiful white sand and clear waters. Bliss!
Walking Tracks – Seawinds Gardens
At the top of Arthurs Seat just a short drive down Purves Road you can turn left for the Enchanted Adventure Garden (more on that further down) or right into the Arthurs Seat State Park. The combination of indigenous and exotic formal gardens typifies the area, whilst the addition of William Ricketts sculptures makes this garden a very popular destination.
Seawinds Gardens encompasses a 34 hectare area at the Summit of Arthurs Seat, 305 metres above sea level. The gardens offer spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas from the Bay and Northern Lookouts.
A network of walking tracks guide visitors through a diverse range of exotic and indigenous gardens. The gardens for picnics with tables, elecric BBQ’s and toilets available adjacent ot the car park. Disabled access is available to facilities and walking tracks.
Spring brings colour as the trees and shrubs of the gardens begin to flower.
Summer offers an environment which is cooler than the surrounding coast.
Autumn showcases the gardens deciduous trees.
Winter highlights the contrast between the bare birch and willow branches against the pine and cypress . Daffodils also flower in late August.
Summer Events on the Peninsula
25th Feburary – Summer Fruit Tree Pruning and Espaliering Workshop at Heronswood
27th February – Terminus Wine Series Dinner – Rose and Maghreb Spices
28th February – Between the Bays Music Festival 2015
7th March – At home with art at Whistlewood Gallery
8th March – Peninsula Piers and Pinots
15th March – Graze the Bays
27th March – At Last: The Etta James Story
5th April – Flinder Market
Food – Red Hill Cheese
The cellar door tasting room promises a high-end flavour experience. Delight in the flavours of real cheese with a tasting plate or cheese platter. The cheesemakers daily selection “at their peak” are available in a relaxed tasting environment to enable visitors to discover the extensive Red Hill Cheese range and make an informed choice of cheeses to take home. Also available are unique Mornington Peninsula delicacies to complement the cheese as well as knives, boards and other accessories. You can see maturing cheeses through a viewing window. Open 11am – 5pm everyday.
Kids Fun – Enchanted Adventure Garden
Where do we start? Want a day out for the whole family? or fun for any age? The Enchanted Adventure Garden is the place to visit. From the beautiful gardens and mazes, have fund with puzzles, walk through native bush, watch the wonderful birdlife, wallow in the sculptures, be thrill seeking with the tree surfing high in the canopy or on the latest Big Zip – flying fox experience. Be spooked in the 3D maze or walk in the treetops, even with a pram? What? Yep, that’s right a pram..oh! and don’t forget the tube sliding, the lolly shop, the cafe…
Just allocate the day, take a picnic if you want to (plenty of picnic tables and space to indulge) and have fun!
Quirky – Charlies Auto Museum
Charlies Auto Museum located at Arthurs Seat, this car museum houses a unique collection of over 80 motor vehicles, memorabilia, model cars and automobile paraphernalia from eras spanning over years – this display will captivate the minds of both the young and young at heart. Quirky in its eccentricity but a hoot for the motor enthusiast.
To find your way to other Mornington Peninsula Attractions click this link to take you to the official Mornington Peninsula Website